Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal, located in Burnaby, B.C. within Port Metro Vancouver, joins Green Marine in order to benchmark and commit to continuous improvement in the terminal’s environmental performance.

Green Marine is a transparent and inclusive program that addresses nine key environmental issues including air emissions, community impacts (noise, dust, light) and environmental leadership. The program encourages its participants: ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards; to reduce their environmental footprint by taking concrete actions and reporting on their performance. Green Marine has grown to more than 40 environmental groups and government departments/agencies who have endorsed and helped shape the environmental program, along with representatives from the academic sector and the marine industry.

“We are committed to public safety, protection of the environment and have safely been loading tankers for almost 60 years,” says Michael Davies, Senior Director of Marine Development, Kinder Morgan Canada. “It is our goal to work openly and cooperatively with all stakeholders regarding environmental issues and we believe that the spirit of knowledge-sharing and partnership at the core of Green Marine is a great step towards continuous improvement.”

Kinder Morgan Canada has been responsibly operating the Trans Mountain Pipeline, system that provides Canada’s only west-coast access for Canadian oil products. As a long-time industry and community member, Trans Mountain is committed to working with residents, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on environmental initiatives such as habitat restoration and enhancement projects in Burnaby’s Stoney and Eagle Creeks, participation in Tree Canada and its $3 million Trans Mountain Legacy Fund established following the twinning of the pipeline in Jasper and Mt. Robson Parks.

“We pride ourselves in the transparency and rigor of our environmental program,” explained Green Marine Executive Director, David Bolduc. “Having NGOs and the industry’s major ship owners, ports and terminals sitting at the same table and reviewing the performance indicators ensures relevance and continuous improvement.”

The North American voluntary program encourages participants to go beyond regulatory compliance and to implement concrete and measurable actions to reduce their environmental footprint. Each participant must complete an annual self-evaluation and all individual results are published. The evaluation goes through an external verification and certification process, every other year. 

About Kinder Morgan Canada

Kinder Morgan Canada operates pipeline systems and terminal facilities including the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Westridge Marine Terminal. The Westridge Marine Terminal, in operation since 1953, is regulated by Transport Canada and the National Energy Board and can accommodate barges and ships up to approximately 120 000 dead weight tons. Trans Mountain is proposing an expansion of its current 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. The proposed expansion, if approved, would create a twinned pipeline that would increase the nominal capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels per day, to 890,000 barrels per day.  The expansion would also result in re-development of the Westridge terminal and an increase in tanker traffic.

Green Marine Overview

Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements in areas such as air emissions, greenhouse gases, cargo waste management, community impacts (noise, dust, odours, and light), water and land pollution prevention and environmental leadership. Green Marine relevance and credibility is proven through its growing number of supporters: more than 40 governments, municipalities and environmental groups have endorsed the Green Marine environmental program. There are currently over 70 ship owners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast, in Canada and the United States, participating in the program.